Elvis Costello “This Year’s Model”

From 1978, I always think of this as Elvis Costello’s best record (though I haven’t heard like the last 10 or 15) probably because this had just come out when I saw him play in Cleveland, and I was really impressed. They didn’t turn the lights off first, like bands used to do– they just ran on the stage and started playing. They had so little equipment it didn’t even look like they were set up yet. No breaks between songs, jokes, patter, or encores. That was very inspiring to me at the time.

There are some really good songs on this record, my favorite being “This Year’s Girl.” Also, some pretty nutty lyrics, like (in “The Beat”): “I keep thinking about your mother/ ________________/ I don’t want to be your lover/ I just want to be your victim.” If anyone can tell me what the line is I left blank, and what it means, I’d appreciate it.

I used to think “Radio Radio” was my favorite song, but no more. This is another good example of the way things change. I mean it’s okay, but when he says something like: “I was seriously thinking of hiding the receiver when the switch broke ’cause it’s old…” Now come on! Are we supposed to buy that? He was forced to listen to the radio because the switch broke? He couldn’t unplug it? I’m only being critical because EC’s lyrics are generally so good.


1 Response to “Elvis Costello “This Year’s Model””

  1. February 2, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    “she complained about my dictum”

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